Net is a volleyball student-athlete at Ocean State University (OSU) who graduated this past December. Although she has exhausted her eligibility for volleyball, Net is going to enroll this spring in a graduate program and participate on the women’s track team. The volleyball team is currently using all 12 scholarships. If OSU continues to provide her with athletic aid, can the coach use the mid-year replacement legislation and provide a scholarship to a freshman that just initially enrolled spring 2014?
Yes. NCAA Staff Interpretation- 4/22/11- Midyear Replacement of a Multisport Participant (I)- states that an institution may replace a football or women’s volleyball student-athlete who graduates at midyear or who graduated during the previous academic year (including the summer) with another counter (who, in football; shall count as an initial counter), even if the student-athlete being “replaced” remains enrolled as a graduate student receiving athletically related financial aid and/or participates in another sport.
[References: NCAA Bylaws 126.96.36.199 (midyear replacement – women’s volleyball), 188.8.131.52.5 (midyear replacement) and official interpretation (6/3/98, Item No 1), which has been archived]